Saturday, March 22, 2014

Organized vs. disorganized eating

One of the big concepts from The Diet Fix is the importance of organized eating.  That is why there are minimum calories and protein for snacks and meals, but not maximums.

Yesterday was a disorganized eating day. I had a plan to go to work, have lunch with colleagues, leave a little early, stop at the grocery store, go for a run, and take my care to the mechanic, then go home to dinner with my husband, who was going to cook for me.

Instead, I took a coworker to the emergency room, grabbed a quick chicken salad on the way out for lunch, was still hungry so I got some crackers out of the vending machine, waited for three hours until my friend was released, still had to take the car to the mechanic, and came home to see my husband just starting dinner.

I was cranky, headachy, felt frustrated that I missed my workout, and frustrated that dinner wasn't ready.  If I had been able to eat meals and snacks on time, I wouldn't have been nearly so upset to find no dinner at home.

I was glad, of course, that I had taken the coworker to the emergency room, because it was the right thing to do, but I was unhappy that I felt so lousy, missed a beautiful day for a run, and had a dumb, unnecessary fight with my husband about the fact that he always seems to add a half an hour to my arrival time even when I am being totally accurate about when I'd be home.

I couldn't seem to feel satisfied with dinner and even my usual standby I-need-volume snack of air-popped popcorn didn't help.  I felt pretty bad all night.

I just ordered a bunch of Quest bars to keep in my desk and in my car for emergency snacking. They have 20 grams of protein, lots of fiber, and are low in sugar, and better yet, they don't have that usual gritty, chalky protein-bar flavor.  Real food is better, but these are good in a pinch.


  1. Not saying you should change what you do, just saying your post brought back memories of frustrations of cooking set meals and getting everyone to meal at same time and having them eat same thing (and there were 5 of us) while it was still hot.

    My life got so much easier when I stopped trying to do that and just stocked.

    One major factor for us is the kids were always starving right after school. For me, I would rather they just eat dinner then and not snack. Youngest, at 5' even, really has to watch her weight, so avoiding snacking and just eating meals super important habit for her, for life.

    My hubby likes to get on elliptical in evening and waits to eat dinner until after that.

    So now, youngest eats between 4-5 most days and hubby after 8 pm. I try to be done with food by late afternoon.

    And remember we have a vegan (youngest) and a vegetarian (middle) and my hubby and I are neither.

    This is going to sound weird, but as a family I try to reinforce family time but NOT have it be tied to food. So we do tons together, but not food based. And if you think about it, most family time, in most families IS food based.

    1. We enjoy eating dinner together when it's possible -- it isn't always. I cook for us about 75% of the time. I am like your daughter -- I'd rather eat dinner early. Friday was just one of those everything-went-wrong days.

    2. It was an everything wrong day, but very nice of you to do the ER run.

    3. I could tell she was scared to go by herself, and her husband was on the phone with her trying to minimize what seemed like very scary symptoms. It was the right thing to do.


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